Major boost for research into stem cell therapy and tissue engineering

The Department of Engineering Science research programme in the field of stem cell therapy and tissue engineering has received a major boost thanks to a £1.5m investment by China Bio-Med Regeneration Technology Limited (CBMRT).

Professor Zhanfeng CUIThis five year programme of sponsored research titled, “Enabling Technologies for Stem Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering,” will be led by Professor Zhanfeng Cui, the Department’s Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director of the Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing, and Fellow of Hertford College.  This year Professor Cui was also elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) in recognition of his contributions to engineering.

The Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing is a world leader in the development of bioreactor technologies for the growth of bone, cartilage, tendon and neuron cells, and the longer term aim is bulky tissue growth from stem cell cultures. Professor Cui also has research interests in the technologies that will monitor and regulate tissue growth, including micro membrane probes and micro sensors, and in cryo-preservation techniques. A further related area of research is into membrane filtration processes. He and his co-workers have published about 250 peer reviewed journal papers.

Professor Cui’s first degree and doctorate were gained in China, and he has been very active in promoting engineering and scientific collaborations between the UK and China. He has a wide range of collaborative activities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) with Chinese Universities and Chinese Academy of Sciences.  He was a Chang Jiang Scholar of the Ministry of Education of the PRC and has acted as an adviser to several governmental organisations, including the Overseas Chinese Affair Office of the State Council.

CBMRT’s mission and aim is “to strive for improving and promoting the quality of life and health of human beings and continuous commitment to support and cultivate academic pursuit and leading-edge scientific development in the tissue engineering field….”

As part of the Department of Engineering Science, the Institute of Biomedical Engineering has established itself as one of the best biomedical engineering centres in the world.  This programme of research, sponsored by CBMRT, will be conducted in the Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.